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Poster: Scrim Date: Nov 14, 2006 1:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Digital Audio Workstation

I imagine that some of you use a computer as your main music server. I am fairly computer saavy, but not with music (except burning CD's.) I would like to move into this realm.

It looks like I need a robust computer with dual-core processor, 3Ghz processor, 2GB RAM, and multiple 300GB hard drives.

I would also like to hook my Nak's up to it to convert some priceless cassettes. It seems like the emu soundcards are what I need for this and to source my stereo.

To stay within a budget, could I get a used computer with the programs and be happy? Or will it be too whipped by the time I get it and spend too much time tinkering? How much money do you realistically think I'm looking at for used or new? Any recomendations for the main software, for burning and/or playing? If buying new, any good places that would bundle all this together for someone? Is it cheaper to assemble it all yourself? Space is a consideration, do they make computers with bluetooth where the CPU could hide in the corner by the stereo and just have a small wireless flat screen and keyboard?

Back to the music, anybody else just adore the Sugaree from 3-8-80? I have a special place in my heart for it, but mostly because I was in special places where I had that show.

Rock on you Jerry addicts!

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Nov 14, 2006 7:57pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Digital Audio Workstation

You ask a lot of questions i just am not able to provide a decent answer for. I will just point out that buying used when it comes to computers is likely not a good idea. Unless you can really tear that puppy apart and know the innards every which way, you have to ask yourself, why is it being sold. In other words, you may be inheriting someone else's problems. In addition, computers, even powerful ones, you can find at a fairly reasonable price range. I don't know what you are willing to invest, but as a point of reference, almost no matter what you purchase, will be redundant in no time at all. On the other hand, even a computer with fairly basic tech inputs can perform a lot of what people use their computers for. It's the highend media and gaming applications that really demand the powerful processors and chips and peripherals. I also think it's important to read magazines such as PC Magazine for reviews of the various new stuff or for insights into what sort of tech will best fit your needs. My computer is by no means top shelf, and it's three years old or so, but it still does just about everything i demand of it. And lately i've been really putting it to the test. You say you want to convert some sweet casettes into digital. Well, i'm no expert and perhaps someone else can jump in on this, but i would imagine that this would have more to do with the actual software and interface peripherals than the actual power potential of whatever computer you buy. I have converted numerous casettes into digital. Are they worthy of the most anal audiophile? Probably not, but then i'm not exactly doing it for them and my ears hear just fine thank you very much. There are also a number of forums on the internet that discuss the very issues you ask about and which might be a good place to start. Do a google and see what comes up. Anyway, just my two rupees, and good luck to you. Seriously.

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Poster: Scrim Date: Nov 14, 2006 10:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Digital Audio Workstation

I agree with everything you said. Thanks for your response.